New Skoda Fabia

Fabia cars fit into the supermini segment and are designed and manufactured by the Czech car maker Skoda. The Skoda Fabia first went on sale in 1999 as a successor to the firm’s Felicia model which fell out of production in 2001.

Skoda Fabia belong to the model’s second generation, which is also known as Mk2 or Typ 5J. The second generation model was given its global debut in 2007 at the Geneva Auto Show before being made available to buy from April 2007. These cars are built on the PQ24 platform and are a little bit bigger than the first generation models, with elements of their styling derived from the Roomster leisure activity vehicle which was design alongside the Fabia.

When it first went on sale the range of available engines was made up from a mixture of older engines from outgoing models and new units from Audi. The entry level 1.2-litre engine was the same unit which was available for the previous generation models, but with the addition of a higher performance version with the power output increased to 69 bhp. Other petrol engines included a 1.4-litre 16v engine which delivers 84 bhp and a range-topping 1.6-litre engine capable of delivering 103 bhp. The diesel engine line-up included two 1.4-litre TDI engines delivering 69 bhp and 79 bhp, and a 1.9-litre TDI capable of 103 bhp.

This initial engine line-up was updated and expanded in 2010, when the Skoda Fabia also benefitted from a facelift to refresh the exterior styling. As part of this update the 1.4 and 1.6-litre engines were replaced by a range of 1.2-litre turbocharged engines which deliver improved fuel efficiency with the same level of performance.

The highest performance model of the new Skoda Fabia is the VRS, which is fitted with the 1.4-litre engine from the Volkswagen Polo Mk5 GTI. This engine delivers 177 bhp and comes with a 7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox as standard.